I don’t listen to a lot of country music. Don’t get me wrong, I like country music just fine but I am usually jamming to the tune of Veggie Tales in the car with the kids most days. One day recently, I had the rare opportunity to be in the car alone long enough to justify turning on the radio and I decided to skim the channels. I’m not even sure which station I landed on but a nice melody had started playing and I listened along.
It was a song by Carrie Underwood called “Temporary Home” and the chorus brought tears to my eyes.
is my temporary home, it's not where I belong
Windows and rooms that I'm passing through
This is just a stop on the way to where I'm going
I'm not afraid because I know
This is my temporary home
I instantly began to think about Ezra, about Autism, about our frail earthly bodies. I have no idea what Ezra’s future holds. I don’t know if he will ever be able to fully communicate. I don’t know if he will be able to connect with others. I thought about how he is in a constant fight with himself and his impulses. I don’t know if he will ever be free of these things here on earth. There is a lot I don’t know and it can be very overwhelming.
While I am in constant prayer for ways to help our sweet boy here on earth, I do hold tight to the promise of eternity. I am so thankful that the Lord has entrusted my sweet boy to me until that day. I pray for many many more years of snuggles and loves from my Ezra. I pray that we will be able to help Ezra overcome many of the Autism "obstacles" he faces. But I do know that one glorious day, my Ezra will sing words of praise to the Lord, he will run on streets of gold, and there will be no frustrations or fears. What a precious sight that will be!
Oh friends, if you are weary from whatever circumstances you are facing today, I pray that you would be encouraged. This is not it. Our lives are but a vapor that is here for a little while, and then vanishes away (James 4:14). As Christians, we have the promise of eternity!
I am so thankful for the promises of God… they are eternal promises! While I am so thankful for the blessings the Lord has given us here on earth (our life is extremely blessed), I am so glad that this is just our temporary home!
Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.”